Category Archives: DIY

This is where you can find Do-It-Yourself projects, guides, and howto books.

Alternative yarn projects

rug hookingI know we’ve done a few posts on here about knitting and crocheting so I thought I would mix things up a bit and showcase our great collection of books on rug hooking.

So what exactly is rug hooking? Rug hooking is both an art and a craft where rugs are made by pulling loops of yarn or fabric through a stiff woven base such as burlap, linen, or rug warp. The loops are pulled through the backing material by using a crochet-type hook mounted in a handle (usually wood) for leverage.

Here are some of the great books the library has to offer on rug hooking.

Introduction to rug hooking by Kristen Miller

Creative techniques for rug hookers by Donna Hrkman

Hooking animals by Judy Carter

The rug hooker’s bible by Jane Olson

Rug hooking for the first time by Donna Lovelady

Scrappy hooked rugs by Bea Brock

Finishing hooked rugs

Basic rug hooking

Rug hooker’s companion by Donna Hrkman


Books and Hooks: Join the Royal City Ruggers for a weekly fun and   social afternoon at the Library.

Whether you are experienced with rug hooking or not, this is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn and practice a great skill, and enjoy the Library.

East Side Branch  Every Tuesday Afternoon, noon – 7 pm.

East Side Branch  Last Saturday of every month, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm





Spring Cleaning


I know, I know, didn’t we just do spring cleaning a few months ago? Well time moves fast and it’s time to do it again. This year I want to focus on decluttering my home and organizing the stuff I keep so it looks better.
Here are some great books to help get you going on decluttering and organizing your home, and one that is just really funny.
My boyfriend barfed in my handbag … and other things that you can’t ask Martha by Jolie Kerr (This one is really funny)
Clutterfree with kids by Joshua Becker
What’s a disorganized person to do? by Stacy Platt
Molly Maid cleaning handbook
Greening your cleaning by Deirdre Imus
Cleaning: plain and simple by Donna Small


Paper Crafting

It’s lovely to think that something as simple and commonplace as paper can be used to create such a variety of lovely gifts, decorations, and craft projects.  The GPL has some stunning books to show you how it’s done!


Exquisite paper flowers

home paper scissors

Paper flowers

A New You

Try beating the cold weather blahs by re-arranging the furniture to open up and brighten up your space at home!  I gave my living room a refreshing makeover and the space now makes me feel energized when I walk in.  Its like a new me!

Wikipedia defines feng shui as a  “philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment”.

Try some of our resources!

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Top 10 lists of 2015

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With 2015 now over I thought it would be fun to ask the staff here at the Guelph Public Library what some of their favourite books, cd’s, movies and other cool things were this year. Everything on these list can be found either in the library or online through our eResources.

Top 10 kids books

Leo: a ghost story by Mac Barnett
Everyone loves bacon by Kelly DiPucchio
I don’t like Koala by Sean Ferrell
The Princess and the pony by Kate Beaton
Wolfie the bunny by Ame Dyckman
The Skunk by Mac Barnett
Where’s the Pair? by Britta Teckentrup
Lenny and Lucy by Philip C. Stead
The Only Child by Guojing
Imaginary Fred by Edin Colfer

Top 10 fiction

Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt
The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor
Dietland by Sarai Walker
The kind worth killing by Peter Swanson
City on fire by Garth Hallberg
The Turner house by Angela Flournay
The death and life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus
The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
A little life by Hanya Yanaghara

Top 10 non-fiction

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg
The home reference to holistic health and healing by Brigitte Mars
Hunger makes me a modern girl by Corrie Brownstein
Trashed by Derf
Between the world and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
I’ll never wright my memoirs by Grade Jones
So you’ve been publicly shamed by JonRonson
The Road to Little Dribbling by  Bill Bryson
Shift Work by Tie Domi
Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes

Top 10 cookbooks

Good Housekeeping Fun Food Fast
Thug Kitchen: Party grub
Milk bar life by Christina Tosi
Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson
Le French Oven by Hillary Davis
Food52 genius food by Kristen Miglore
The Geeky Chef Cookbook by Cassandra Reeder
Sweet, savory, and sometimes boozy cupcakes by Alison Riede
Seven Spoons by Tara O’Brady
Per la Famiglia by Emily Richards

Top 10 CD’s (H-available on Hoopla)

Are you alone? -Majical Cloudz
Sound and Colour – Alabama Shakes
The magic whip – Blur (H)
If I should go before you – City and Colour (H)
Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit – Courtney Barnett
 Ghost notes – Veruca Salt (H)
Honeymoon – Lana Del Rey (H)
Heartbreaker of the year – Whitney Rose (H)

Top 10DVD’s

The Knick (TV series)
Red Army
Mission Impossible : Rogue Nation
Inside Out
The Martian
Mad Max: Fury Road
Ex Machina
Jurassic World

Small batch cooking


Not everyone has a large family and cooking or one or two people from a cookbook that has everything being made for four or more people can leave you with way to many leftovers. For students, single people, couples without children, or empty nesters cooking every night or baking can be a challenge, sometimes you can half a recipe but other times it is not so easy. How would you get half a raw egg for cookies?

mug meal

Luckily there are cookbooks out there made for just this occasion. The library has a great selection of books on cooking for one or two people or how to cook for one when all you have is a microwave. Check out some of these great titles.
Cooking for one by Mark Erickson
Eat your vegetables by Joe Yonan
Serve yourself by Joe Yonan
Solo by Linda Tubby
Soup for two by Joanna Pruess
Meal in a mug by Denise Smart
Mug cakes by Lene Knudsen
Mug it by Pam McElroy
Mug meals by Dina Cheney




Updating an outdated room

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Have you ever walked into a room in your house and thought “I hate this room the way it is.”? I felt that way about my living/dinning room from the day I moved into my house. A year and a half of living with a room that I never used because I hated was enough. My husband I finally renovated the living room, dining room and it looks amazing. It was a lot of hard work but totally worth it. Doing a big renovation like this isn’t for everyone but if you are interested in trying it for yourself here are some pictures of the process, places you can rent tools and books and DVD’s to help you make any room into your dream room.
20150208_174758The first thing we did was paint the whole room and put up the decorative trim. Even this alone made the room look 100% better. The book New decorating with architectural trimwork by Jay Silber helped us find the look we were going for and it helped us figure out how to get that look. Once you get the hang of how to do it, it’s really no that hard.




20150403_123148The next step was for us to take up the carpet. This was way more work then I had imagined, I thought you could just pull up the carpet and the underlay and go on your way. No you then have to pull out the million staples that hold the underlay to the subfloor. I do have to admit even the subfloor looked better than the carpet that was there.




20150405_165431Finally it was time to put the new floor down. We looked at Installing & finishing flooring by William Perkins Spence a DVD called How-to DVD guide to flooring and the book The complete guide to flooring to help us narrow down the type of flooring we wanted and how to install it.
Don’t worry if you don’t have all the tools to complete your renovation, Home Depot rents out tools. They even offer workshops if you want some hands on learning before you try something at home.